The Big O Stumps for Legalization in Ohio

Baltimore Bullets’ Jack Marin guards Oscar Robertson, circa 1971.

NBA great Oscar Robertson has joined a group of high-profile Ohioans in support of legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana.

"It's a terrible feeling when you can't help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition," he stated. "I know from personal experience." 

Robertson's remarkable career began with the former Cincinnati Royals in 1960 and ended in 1974 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-5 guard (known as "The Big O") was the Magic Johnson of his day, averaging 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. In his second season, he averaged a triple double (10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game). A few years ago, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Robertson is 76.

According to Responsible Ohio, additional supporters include Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (his career began with the Cincinnati Bengals), New York-based fashion designer Nanette Lepore (she's from Youngstown), Columbus real estate developer Rick Kirk and Cincinnati radio station owner Frank Wood.

Rucker commented: "Over the past several months, I've followed this issue very closely, with specific interest as to what has happened across other states in the country as it relates to this issue, and I fully support approaching the issue responsibly. The goal is simple: allow Ohioans to take the lead in providing the compassionate care of others.”

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.